Solar energy exec looks to the future 

Tim Keating, the vice president of marketing at Skyline Solar — a company that offers lower prices for energy, citing that it can charge less than 10 cents per kilowatt hour — is a veteran of the technology startup world.

What kind of need is there for renewable energy? We see the opportunity for solar in general as superbright. The reason, of course, is because the span for electricity is huge and the supply of electricity is limited.

What is Skyline Solar’s ultimate goal? Converting from fossil fuels and other fuels to solar is the opportunity we’re about. And certainly for the time being, solar energy means daytime energy. But what’s happening is the cost of solar keeps coming down. So Skyline wants to help attack the cost problem.

Where do you see our world in 20 years? As long as the sun is shining, we can get more solar power. I see in the long term that solar will be 50 to 60 percent of our solar power. When we learn how to store electricity better, then it can be 100 percent of our power. But when is someday? It’s not 20 years. It’s probably like 50 years — which is not a very long time.

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